The End of the Moon

February 22 – 27, 2005, March 1 – 6, 2005

Premiere New York Premiere
Production Language English
Country of Origin United States
Description Created while artist in residence for NASA, Laurie Anderson’s The End of the Moon is essentially a hushed meditation on the imponderables that inhabit space, both near and far. The darkly shrouded stage setting also contributes to the otherworldly, soothingly ritualistic tone of the piece: a floating field of votive candles, a small screened projection of a moon crater, an easy chair to snuggle in while spinning a yarn, clouds of dry-ice mist artfully lit from behind and idly drifting upward. In the midst of it all Anderson tells her tales as bemused understatements, a tone she seems to have modeled after the late composer John Cage, whose laid-back, he-said-she-said stage delivery conveyed much the same sort of wry humor.
Identifier 2005s.00815
VenueBAM Strong (Majestic, BAM Majestic, BAM Harvey Theater, The Rudin Family Gallery)
lighting designerJennifer Tipton
multimedia artistJody Elff
top billingLaurie Anderson